Sunday, September 4, 2011

Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead



Title: Frostbite
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: The Vampire Academy Series
Book #: Two
Published: 2008
Source: Bought
My Rating:  

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians—including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price… (taken from goodreads.com)

I had always heard that this series gets better with each book, but I had NO idea that each book would be so much more intense than the last. I can't even imagine what the last book must be like! Seriously, Frostbite is twice as enthralling as it's prequel. The characters' attitudes, the plot, and the mysteries are all kicked up a notch in this nail-biting sequel.

Although Rose nearly drove me insane in Vampire Academy, I did nothing but admire her fire and strength in Frostbite. Sure, she still makes tons of mistakes, but don't we all? If anything, her ability to handle even the toughest of problems makes me appreciate her even more. Plus, I LOVE how she can kick butt and stand up for herself. If there is one thing Rose isn't, it's a damsel in distress. Really, her character development is the novel's biggest strength. 

Not only does Mead pump up the drama and romance, but she also turns up the intensity. The plot is more fast-paced than the first book's. In Vampire Academy, I felt like we had to wait until the very end of the book before we got to the real action. In this book, the action starts in the first few chapters and doesn't let up until the very end. The climax had me squealing and flipping pages faster than lightning. 

Mead sets things up perfectly for the next book, Shadow Kiss (which I immediately grabbed and began to read after finishing Frostbite). I cannot wait to find out what happens with all of the characters, especially Dimitri and Rose. Their love is so addictive, and I can't get enough of it. I can only hope that the third book is as captivating!